Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Corner View "summer"

With daily temperatures of 90 degree and above feeling more like a 105 degrees with the humidity we have been spending our days at the pool.

Who wants to cook; especially, when it is so hot outside! I found this really simple recipe yesterday that is so simple and tasty. While not a favorite amongst the children it is perfect served hot or cold for the big kids like me.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Walnuts and Peas
6 cloves of garlic chopped and sauteed
7 ounces of whole wheat pasta
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. of Olive oil
1/2 cup of water
2 cups of peas
1 cup of walnuts
1/2 cup of chopped basil
In a pan saute garlic with oil then add walnut. You can also bake this in aluminum foil for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Make sure they don't burn. Add to food processor with water. Once smooth then toss with cooked pasta. Add salt and pepper, bail, and peas. This recipe at first I wasn't too sure about. It was a pleasant surprise. Not only is it economic to make, but you do not need to feel guilty eating it. It is healthy for you! This recipe was adapted fro a recipe of Bob Greene's website called The Best Life.com.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Check these places out while in Seattle!

Mt. Rainer

Pad See Eiw
Cashew Nut Chicken
I have been home for almost a week, and it was so hard leaving Seattle and my good friends; however, my babies missed me even the big one. My littlest one said to me when I got home, "mommy no go away-mommy stay here." I feel rejuvenated. It was the perfect medicine. The boys have been in sports camps the last couple of weeks and Roman and I have been hanging out by the pool. He has really come a long way this summer. He started off by being terrified of the water to almost drowning yesterday because he jumped in the pool before I had put on his swim vest. I am so grateful I had grabbed him before anything tragic had happened. Rule number #1 put child's swim vest or floaties on before entering pool area. I had just gone to lay our stuff down on the chairs and when I turned around he was under the water. Seriously no more than a minute. Besides the beautiful 360 degree scenery and my good friends, Seattle has many really good restaurants. I wrote about some of them in an earlier post two years ago (here). I have found a couple more to had to the list. Djan located just a skip and a jump from downtown on 45th avenue serves amazing Thai food. I am now converted. Thai has not always been my favorite because I don't care to much for the spice or lemon grass. The seating is limited, so you might want to make reservations. Then for dessert head down to Wallingford and get an ice cream from Molly Moon's. I had the salted carmel and lavender honey. I didn't like the salted carmel, but the lavender honey was fantastic. Next time I think I want to try the balsamic strawberry or maple bacon. One last restaurant you have to visit is Louie's for it's amazing Chinese food. Like San Francisco, Seattle has a large Asian population which means fantastic Chinese food. Try the steamed salmon, the Mu Shu Pork, or the black bean green beans. Yummy! One last place that I would like to share with you though not a restaurant, but fun to visit is Archie McPhee's. It is a great place to take children. They will have fun looking at all the oddities. Thanks-Jenna for introducing us to this fun store.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Alki Beach

Did you know that there is a Statue of Liberty in Seattle? This miniature statue is 1/18 the size of the original and was built in 1949 as part of a program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America in celebration of their 40 Th anniversary with the campaign slogan "Strengthen the Arm of Liberty." Around 200 statues were made and sold to about 39 states. The statue was dedicated in 1952, and in 2009 the statue received a face lift. When I moved to Seattle after graduating from Portland State University, I moved to West Seattle. We were so lucky to find a house with a view of the city. There was nothing better than walking along the beach. If you watch Greys Anatomy, then you have seen Alki Beach as Andrew Shepard drives along the coast. Before you head to the beach stop by Bakery Nouveau located off of California Avenue. Alki Beach Bakery is also wonderful!


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cupcake Royal, Fish Taco's and a Day at the Beach

While one might not think of Seattle as a beach destination there are several beaches located throughout the city. One of my favorite beaches is Golden Gardens located in a part of the city called Ballard. While the water is not very warm even on the hottest of Seattle days, what is great about the this beach is that it offers BBQ pits and a play structure for little ones to play on. The weather did not cooperate most of my trip, and temperatures ranged in the high 50's to 60's. On this particular day we lucked out. On our way to the beach we stopped at Cupcake Royal. Someone had to try them and I was happy to do it. My favorite was the Salted Carmel. Yummy! The frosting is Divine! The cupcakes are made with the finest of Organic ingredients. Miss my friends daughter had a great time climbing on the driftwood. Isn't she cute and she is smart as a whip too! Afterwards, we stopped at the Totem House for fish taco's located across the street from the Ballard Locks. I had always wanted to try them, but just had never gotten around to having one. They were perfect. The fish was fresh and crisp wrapped in a soft tortilla shell with red cabbage, tomatoes, and sour cream. I think I will be eating more of these.

Father's Day with My Grandpa and Good Friends

My Grandpa and I

Dear Friends

Strawberry Shortcakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar for sprinkling
1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons), cut in half the long way and then each
1 egg , beaten 1/2 cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon half-and-half
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 boxes of berries
1 cup whipping cream or heavy cream, whipped with one tablespoon of sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla extract.

1. Preheat the oven to 425
2. Cut the butter in half and then half again the long way. Cut the 4 butter quarters in 1/2 inch slices. Put these on a plate, cover with plastic, and put this in the freezer while you're assembling everything else.
3. Hull the strawberries, that is, remove the stem and leaves and tiny core from the top of the berries. Cut the berries in half or in quarters, depending on the size of the berries. Sprinkle them with 1 tablespoon of sugar and let them stand while you make the biscuits.
4. Put the flour, salt, baking powder, and 3 tablespoons of sugar in the food processor and pulse a few times to blend. Distribute the butter over the top of the flour mixture and pulse until the mixture resembles "coarse meal." The CI people say this will be about 15 1-second pulses but I can't corroborate because I lost count during this process.
5. Dump this into a mixing bowl, mix the lightly beaten egg with the half-and-half, then gently stir it into the flour mixture until clumps form. Flour a work surface, then gently knead the dough until it just comes together. Pat the dough into a rectangle 9 inches by 6 inches that's about 3/4 of an inch thick. Cut out six rounds of dough with a 2 3/4 inch biscuit cutter and place them on a cookie sheet. Brush the tops with the lightly beaten egg white and then sprinkle the tops with one to two tablespoons of sugar.
6. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Cool on a rack for ten minutes. Then split each biscuit in half crosswise. Place a large spoonful or two of berries and the juice they've exuded on top of the bottom biscuit. Be generous with the berries Top with a large dollop of whipped cream. Perch the biscuit top at a rakish angle on top of the whipped cream. Serve with additional whipped cream on the side. Recipe from Christopher Kimball of Cook's Illustrated.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Gas Works Park, Seattle

The great thing about Seattle is that the scenery alone is enough. It is a 360 degree experience. One of my favorite places to go relax is Gas Works Park located along the edge of Lake Union. I am still singing Let's go fly a kite from Mary Poppins. While over there grab lunch at Essential Bakery which offers totally fresh and tasty lunches or breakfast. I love their tuna salad sandwiches which aren't your totally typical tuna salad sandwich. Simply made with tuna, fresh herbs, a little olive oil and lemon you can't get any closer to perfection. Afterwards go visit the troll underneath the Aurora Bridge.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Woodland Park Zoo Seattle

Rain or shine the Woodland Park is a great place to visit if you are visiting Seattle. The park has animals from all over the world, but has many animals that are specific to the Pacific Northwest. Scattered throughout the park are play structures for the children to climb on, and they also have an indoor play area that features daily story time along with a meet and greet with one of the animals of the park. Prices are reasonable in comparison to other zoo's around the country. We had a great time. It was so cute to see the orangutans cover themselves up with blankets underneath the chilly Seattle sun.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Snoqualmie Falls with Jenna

On Saturday, I met my friend Jenna and her daughters and we went out to Snoqualmie Falls. It was so fun to show her around a little bit since she just moved to Seattle. I met Jenna through and expat group in Switzerland. It has been two years since we have seen each other. Afterwards we picked up her husband, and went to one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle called Rositas Mexican Grill. Yummy!

Corner View 'Noticing"

This past week I went to Seattle to visit old friends and just enjoying "me" time. It was wonderful! Amazingly, I didn't gain a hundred pounds as I tasted just about every cupcake in the city of Seattle. If you ever have a chance to go to Seattle you have to and I mean have to taste a Trophy cupcake. My favorite is the peanut butter and Jelly with the Smore coming in close second.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

corner view "Daily"

Each morning, I wake up like a race horse ready to be released from the gate. I get the children ready for their activities, and pick up the house. Then I am off to the gym where I walk on the treadmill 5 miles. I lift weights. Sometimes I do yoga, Pilate's, or Zumba. I like Zumba the best. It makes me so happy!

Monday, June 14, 2010


Hi! Did you have a good weekend? We did! Germany won it's first game 4-0 against Australia in the World Cup. Yeah! Spent some time thinking about going to the beach until we saw reports of the oil washing up on the gulf. Ugh! It is such a shame because these beaches are the most beautiful in the world. The sand is white powder and is super soft. We like to go to Orange Beach in Alabama because it is not as touristy as Destin, Florida. Anyway, I had remembered that I had taken these pictures of the big boys bedroom. Dreamland, where the big boys lay their heads each night, and dream of what they want to be when they grow up. Since their dad works a lot this is where he spends the most time with them. Each night he brushes their teeth and puts them to bed. He wrestles with them or for some reason they call it roach. ? I don't know why they call it that, but they have all kinds of varieties such as rodeo roach which is where the boys get on their dad's back and he tries to buck them off like a bull. Officially, dad is out of commission until Roman starts asking for them because the other two are to big now. They also play this game they made up with cars called tournament where they have to shoot a car into an empty shoe. Sometimes he reads to them, but mostly that is my job. Winston loves to listten to church music as he falls asleep and Harris likes to listen to Marvi Hammer which is National Geographic for children in German. Now if I could just train them to sleep longer than 6:30 a.m. each morning.

Friday, June 11, 2010

World Cup

Boy oh boy do we all wish we were in South Africa right now with tickets to the World Cup. Unfortunately, that just wasn't in our budget, but it is our dream that someday we will be able to attend the games live and not just watch them on the TV. Can you tell how excited these guys are to have the games begin today.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Branson Wrap UP!

A vacation wouldn't be a vacation without time at the pool, and we were lucky enough to have a really great pool where we were staying. We loved Branson and can't wait to go back. There is just so much to see and do. Next time we can't wait to explore some of the near by lakes like Table Rock and do some hiking. The Ozarks have to be one of the prettiest place here on earth. Oh and the big news is Roman is finally potty trained. He did it all by himself. The first day we were there he announced to me that he had to go potty and ran to the bathroom to go. He has only had a few accidents, but he is so proud of himself. Except for night he is pull-up free-Yeah!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

All Aboard

The morning wasn't looking so good, so we headed into downtown Branson for lunch of Pizza, and a trip on the Branson Scenic Railroad. The sun didn't stay away for long because by the time we arrived at the train station it was out another 93 degree day. It was fun despite the lack of scenery that was mentioned in it's name. After riding trains in Europe with gorgeous landscapes around every corner it is hard to compete.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sliver Dollar City Amusement Park

Boy was it hot here today in Branson with temperatures in the low 90's. Mostly a dry heat, but none the less I felt like I was melting most of the day and was happy for the brief moments of shade we were able to find. Today, the boys and I went to Silver Dollar City amusement park. The park was fantastic because we didn't have to wait very long at any one point to go on a ride. Only two rides took some time to go on, and those were water rides. Roman fell asleep for the whole time that the boys were in line. It was really fun seeing Roman get into going on the rides this year. He was so happy. He kept saying," I go on rides and you ride with me." Meaning he wanted me to be by his side 100% of the time. Harris is a roller coaster junky while Winston is totally happy to sit and wait. He doesn't like going upside down. It is not for him. The park is themed around old time Americana. All the people dress in old time prairie costumes. We ended the day by eating ice cream for the second time this week for dinner and a dip in our pool here at the resort we are staying at. I also learned a lesson today and that is I need a smaller sized camera for just these occasions when I am going to be walking around all day. My camera is heavy and also one of the boys accidentely switched something on my lens and it took me most of the day to realize what they had done, so most of the pictures I took came out blurry.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dixie Stampede "Corner View"

photo borrowed from southern living
It is Wednesday again and that means it is time for Corner View. This weeks theme is "from where I am sitting. This evening I was sitting with my children at the Dixie Stampede here in Branson, Missouri, and I had hope to wow everyone with fantastic horse photos; however, photography wasn't allowed. Here are the view photos we did manage to get. Oh, and to see more corner views from around the world visit Jane at Spain Daily. BTW, the show was fantastic and even had my three year old whooping and cheering the intire time. The children loved it. Winston got to be apart of the show. Oh, and if you are allergic to horses like I am don't forget to take a allergy pill before you go or you will be sneezing for two hours post show like me. Oops!